The countdown is now officially on for Women’s World Cup cricket coming to Derby this summer.
Tickets have gone on sale and further details of the matches to be played in Derby have been revealed – with England playing India in the tournament opener on 24 June.
To mark the occasion, Council Leader Ranjit Banwait and Lisa Eldret, Cabinet member for culture and leisure, have helped to unveil a special digital clock in the Intu shopping centre, which will count down the seconds to the first ball being bowled.
Also present were England players Dani Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss and Tash Farrant, Derbyshire cricket officials and children from Derwent Community Primary School.
World Cup cricket in Derby has been possible by a £2.5m Council loan to Derbyshire County Cricket Club, to help bring media and other facilities at the County Ground up to international standards.
Councillor Banwait said:
“We are delighted to have been able to assist in bringing the ICC Women’s World Cup to Derby.
“It is a great opportunity to show the world how we can work together to attract and deliver major events, and is another example of us delivering against our 50 Pledges. The benefits of hosting this international sporting competition will be felt throughout the city.”
The event is expected to bring a significant economic boost and raise Derby’s profile. More than 2,000 hotel rooms have already been booked and the city will be promoted by global TV coverage.
In all, eight matches will be played in Derby. It’s been revealed that there will be not only two matches involving England, but also the high-profile game between India and Pakistan, which will attract a huge TV audience in South Asia.
Councillor Eldret said:
“The excitement is growing as the event gets nearer. You only had to see the reaction of the shoppers and schoolchildren when they saw the England players. The tournament will encourage boys and girls to take up cricket, which yet another benefit of Derby’s involvement.”
The full list of Derby fixtures is:
Saturday 24th June – England v India
Wednesday 28th June – South Africa v New Zealand
Sunday 2nd July – India v Pakistan
Wednesday 5th July – Sri Lanka v India
Sunday 9th July – West Indies v Sri Lanka
Wednesday 12th July – England v New Zealand
Saturday 15th July – India v New Zealand
Thursday 20th July – Semi-final
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said:
“We have some exciting games to look forward to. We have already had a big interest for tickets and because we have midweek games, fixtures are also proving popular with corporate guests, with hospitality packages on sale now.
“We’re very grateful for the support we have received. It has helped us demonstrate that the city of Derby is a great place to live, work and will be a great destination for visitors from across the world.”
Published: Wednesday 8th March